The words of Lillian Allen, as quoted in Caught in the Act, and Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (edited by Tanya Mars and Joanne Householder), in reflecting on the evolution of dub poetry in Canada:

“This work was for an audience. It wasn’t meant to mystify an audience, it wasn’t made so people could say how great or skilled we were, it wasn’t meant for people to contemplate whether we would go down in history… it was meant for community engagement, for dialogue, It was meant to inspire… When I talk with young artists, I say things like ‘you have to have to have a reason to be on this stage, every performance should be your best’… a good performance can fundamentally change the world.”


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